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Telecom industry wary of rushing staff back to office amid continuing rise in Covid cases

Bharti Airtel has reopened all its offices though it’s open to staff working from home on health and safety grounds and is also ensuring strict social distancing protocols inside office premises. Reliance Jio though is likely to maintain around 15% staff at major circle offices, and take a call on bringing back more people, post-June 8.

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority in talks to invest in Jio platforms

ADIA follows Mubadala, the sister firm of the UAE’s largest sovereign wealth fund, which has already been in negotiations with Reliance Industries that owns Jio Platforms. It is not clear how much each of the funds will invest. Both entities, along with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund Public Investment Fund, may invest close to $2 billion in RIL’s digital business unit.

Trai to start discussion on improving speed and reliability of broadband connectivity

The telecom regulator is considering starting an industry-wide discussion on improving speed and reliability of broadband connectivity, as well as strengthening the digital infrastructure, amid a growing remote work culture in wake of the pandemic.

Why Sunil Bharti Mittal should seek out Google's Pichai, Page & Brin

After a tepid start, of late, Bharti too has been bulking up its digital assets incrementally.

Trai says not recommended 11 digit mobile numbering plan, 10-digit numbers to continue

As per Trai recommendation, the country will continue to follow a 10-digit numbering for mobile services, and the regulator has "categorically rejected" shifting to an 11-digit mobile numbering plan.

Airtel terminates call centre services from Karvy for alleged breach of rules, pact

The development follows several notices sent by Airtel, the latest being May 21, demanding Karvy to rectify tax defaults and submit documentary proof of compliance within seven days of issuing the notice, to which Karvy did not respond. ET has seen a copy of the emails.

TRAI proposes 11-digit mobile numbers to meet future needs

The telecom regulator on Friday suggested using 11-digit numbers for mobile phones, instead of 10 digits, to ensure adequate numbering resources for user base growth in the future, but advised against migration to a unified numbering system for mobiles and landlines.

Vodafone Idea: No proposal before Board on stake sale to Google, but evaluating various opportunities

The Financial Times had reported that Google was exploring to buy a 5% stake in Vodafone Idea.

Google mulling stake in Vodafone Idea positive but inadequate to solve telcos' debt woes: Analysts

Alphabet Inc's Google is said to be eyeing about 5 per cent stake in VIL, the Financial Times had reported on Thursday. Such an investment in VIL will pit the search giant against Facebook which has picked up a stake in Jio Platforms, the firm that houses India's youngest but biggest telecom company - Reliance Jio.

Multinational vendors want consultation on manufacturing-led incentive scheme

Gear makers such as Nokia and Huawei say wider consultations are needed before finalising the policy as they have already invested millions of dollars and are hoping to put in more money and export from India.

Google searching for 5% in Vodafone Idea: Report

Google searching for 5% in Vodafone Idea: Report

Apart from a net debt of Rs 1.03 lakh crore, the telco faces balance adjusted gross revenue (AGR) based dues of well over Rs 45,000 crore.

US internet giant Google eyes stake in Vodafone Idea: Report

US internet giant Google eyes stake in Vodafone Idea: Report

Google is reportedly considering to buy a stake of about 5 per cent in Vodafone Idea.

Abu Dhabi state fund in talks to invest $1 billion in Jio Platforms: Sources

Abu Dhabi state fund in talks to invest $1 billion in Jio Platforms: Sources

Jio Platforms, which houses music and movie apps as well a Reliance's telecom venture Jio Infocomm, has secured a massive $10 billion from investors including Facebook within a month.

Strapped govt to fast-track ₹4 Lakh crore of 4G spectrum sale

Strapped govt to fast-track ₹4 Lakh crore of 4G spectrum sale

Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio Infocomm, India’s top two telcos, have been pushing for an early 4G spectrum sale given the surge in demand for data and voice services, and to buy back airwaves in circles where their permits are expiring next year.

Trai says floor pricing talks only after lockdown ends

Trai says floor pricing talks only after lockdown ends

“It may be a better option that any further discussion on the issue (floor tariff) is held after the lockdown is completely lifted and normalcy is restored,” Sharma told ET, virtually ruling out an online open house discussion on the issue, and thus, an early decision on the contentious issue.

Bharti Telecom raises Rs 8,433 crores, sells 2.75% in Airtel

Bharti Telecom raises Rs 8,433 crores, sells 2.75% in Airtel

BTL’s stake in Bharti Airtel fell to around 36% after the deal. Correspondingly, the combined 58.98% holding of Bharti Airtel’s promoter group – Sunil Mittal-owned entities and Singtel – came down to 56.23%. Sunil Mittal’s Bharti Enterprises and Singtel own 50.56% and 49.44%, respectively, in BTL.

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